Behind The Scenes: Tokyo Olympics Event Finals Day One: Men’s FX and PH Women’s VT and Bars

by | Aug 1, 2021 | Behind The Scenes, Club Content

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BTS is a weekly Q&A podcast just for club gym nerd members! We’re providing daily coverage after each day of competition during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics! It’s our appreciation love letter to club members for supporting the show. Here’s how to ask questions live.

Today our instant takes from watching day one of event finals Today is Men’s floor and pommel horse; Women’s vault and bars. Simone Biles withdrew from both finals, putting MyKayla Skinner (USA) in on vault and Melanie De Jesus dos Santos (FRA) in on bars. We discuss:

  • First Olympic Champion in gymnastics for Israel – Dolgypyat on floor!
  • Brazil’s first ever Olympic Champion in women’s  gymnastics, Rebeca Andrade for Vault! 
  • Yeo Seojeong with the first ever South Korean women’s Olympic medal, a bronze on vault!
  • Nina Derweal with Belgium’s first Olympic medal period for women’s gymnastic, our new Olympic bars champion!
  • Why Jade Carey is an absolute ninja with cat like reflexes that saved her on vault.  Why tie breakers suck; how Jessica disagrees with Spencer and Kensley’s assessment of the meet as a whole and a big giant silver medal for MyKayla Skinner that firmly affirms that she belongs here! 
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  1. Sara Peasley

    How cold is it in the arena because I’m pretty sure John and Bridget said it was probably cold 839 times today?

  2. Anne Montgomery

    Hi gym nerds!

  3. Chelsey Weaver

    Since you’ve made the move to doing this full time, would you consider adding the Special Olympics gymnastics coverage (like Chelsea Werner) T&T and rhythmic to your coverage? I’m sure there are gym fans out there who would love to hear it!

  4. Wyn Sipple

    Hi Jessica, yes, you should give the gifts you brought. The is a lovely gift-giving culture in Japan and they appreciate when the giver gives the exchange their complete attention. Offering a gift with two hands holding it and a little bow of respect is the norm. Here’s some more detail in case you’re interested:

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